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April 17, 2014

Kidnapper, rapist sentenced to 100 years

DANVILLE — Michael Parrish of Indianapolis was sentenced to 100 years in prison for a Feb. 6 incident in which he kidnapped and sexually assaulted two women who had been shopping in Avon.

“He plead guilty to two counts of criminal deviant conduct and one count of robbery,” prosecuting attorney Rhett Stuard said. “Criminal deviant behavior is an A felony and robbery is a B felony.”

Parrish, 37, agreed to the 100-year sentence with the Indiana Department of Corrections.

“He'll be behind bars for the rest of his life,” Stuard said. “He also has charges pending in Marion County. So he'll now be transported there to face those charges.”

During the incident in Hendricks County, Avon Police said Parrish abducted two women at gunpoint — in the presence of 3-year-old child — from the Wal-Mart parking lot, forced them to drive to a nearby apartment complex, and sexually assaulted them. He then forced the women to drive to their Clermont home, where both women were again assaulted. A male roommate of one of the victims, who was at the Clermont residence at the time of the incident, was battered and tied up.

Parrish then fled the victim’s resident in a stolen vehicle.

Authorities say Parrish began his crime spree the day before with a home invasion on LaSalle Street in Indianapolis. In that incident, he's accused of holding a woman at gunpoint while three others ransacked the home and stole valuables.

Later that same day, police say he abducted two women at gunpoint in Indianapolis and raped them.

He is also suspected of an armed robbery at the Kohl’s store in Plainfield.

Stuard said Hendricks County was able to deliver swift justice due to the case presented by the Avon Police Department.

“A large part of the credit goes to the Avon Police Department,” he said. “They did a fantastic job putting this case together and made our job easier.”

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